North Port, AL
A quick heads-up...waaaay early, I know.
The 2nd Small Business Summit, sponsored by Microsoft, has been announced for March 2007.
Already posted a notice at the funcave about it...so you`ll pardon me if I don`t feel like retyping.
But I will add that last year`s Small Business Summit was the first time I ever heard of StartupNation.
Is this the same one that SMBTN does?
There`s is around this time in Anaheim, CA
Two totally different events, with totally different audiences in mind...
Microsoft`s Small Business Summit:
SMBTN`s SMB Summit:
Thanks...kinda thought so...however didn`t know for sure...
I am going to post this on my Small Business site - http://www.calgarysmbshow.com
Chris, now that you mention it, I do remember last year`s conference, and I distinctly remember picking out the things I wanted to attend, but later on, I also remember being `too busy.` Thanks for the heads-up on this year`s. I will make it a point to at least check it out. I would very much like to attend. As I write I can see that it`s all a matter of commitment.
I`m interested to know how many small business owners (other than people who provide IT services) have even heard of Microsoft`s Small Business Specialist designation, let alone know what it means.
With such a large audience of current and soon-to-be entrepeneurs here at SuN, your feedback concerning the perceived value of the Small Business Specialist designation would be most helpful & greatly appreciated.
BTW: Comments are more than welcome!
Sorry for the long delay in responding, everybody.
I wanted to see how the poll results would turn out first. And honestly, they are exactly as I expected.
Small Business Specialist (also called SBSC) is a designation that can be earned by members of the Microsoft Partner program. The fact that an IT service provider has taken the time to earn the Small Business Specialist designation means a few things that should be important to a small or medium-sized business looking for IT services or support, such as:
So instead of getting burned by Jimmy Joe Bob`s Computer & Bait Shop, a business could look for the distinctive Small Business Specialist logo (which you can see either in the photo area of my profile, or at my company`s website...right smack at the top) & know that a provider has actually put their knowledge & expertise with the SMB sector to the test.
Out of all the kinds of professional IT certification & vendor programs that I`ve ever been involved with in my 12+ year career, the exam for Small Business Specialist was the one most focused on identifying business processes as its primary goal. To my mind, that kind of focus is the key difference between a good SMB provider & a bad SMB provider. That is to say, the difference between someone who can help you build your business...or someone who ends up hindering your business.
But the issue of recognition is the problematic issue for those of us who are Small Business Specialists. As the tiny little poll here shows...there really is little to no knowledge of the Small Business Specialist designation outside of IT-land`s own hermetic little bubble.
I appreciate everyone who took the time to respond to the poll.
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